The U.S. military officially announced the end to the War in Iraq on Thursday.
In a report by The New York Times, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said "remarkable progress" had been made in the country, but that "severe challenges" remain and that the "U.S. will be there to stand by the Iraqi people as they navigate those challenges."
With the country in flux, leaders in place will have a lot to grapple with, including relations with neighboring countries, building a strong domestic military and protecting civilians.
As the U.S. remains a close ally in the transition, we're curious: is there a notable Rhode Islander you think the Iraqis could learn a few lessons from?
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